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Jos Buttler

'England have got a special player' – Vaughan lauds Buttler

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Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, has praised Jos Buttler, and commended his technique and temperament after his steely 89 against India at the Oval on Saturday, 8 September, helped the home side to a strong position.

After a surprise call-up to the Test side at the start of the English summer, Jos Buttler has been excellent with bat, scoring 510 runs from seven matches at an average of 51.

Moreover, a lot of his contributions have come in brilliant rescue acts, similar to the one he pulled off in the first innings against India in the fifth and final Test at the Oval.

Buttler stitched a fine 98-run stand with Stuart Broad (38) for the ninth wicket to swell the home side's first innings total to 332 after they were reduced to 198/7 by stumps on the first day.

Vaughan, for one, is an admirer. "Buttler will strike fear through bowling attacks around the world," Vaughan said on BBC Test Match Special.

"Once he gets more confident in this format and starts moving up the order, then he will have more opportunity to get big scores. At No.7 you can only get so many – but if he can get to No.5, then he has the game and the gift to get big, big Test match scores."

Vaughan pointed out that Buttler wasn't trying to attack every ball, instead displaying strong technical awareness in his game.

'Buttler knows how to play the pressure card and calm situations down'
'Buttler knows how to play the pressure card and calm situations down'

"England have got a special player – he knows how to play the pressure card and calm situations down," said Vaughan. "He's not just crashing it about, he's playing with good technique, he's timing the ball, maneuvering it into the gaps and leaving well.

"You just feel so relaxed when Buttler is at the crease – many times, in all three formats, he's got England out of tricky positions because of his temperament and mentality. He can soak up pressure but then suddenly grab the game, because of his striking ability."

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